Catholics prayed for lasting peace on the divided Korean Peninsula on 25th June, marking the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.
The two Koreas are still technically at war because the war ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.
Ucanews.com reported the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea said 16 dioceses in South Korea held Masses in succession on the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1950-53 conflict.
Churches followed strict safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by taking temperatures and providing hand sanitisers and distanced seating, Yonhap news agency reported.
Mass at Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul was attended by 230 Catholics.
“I wanted to state that although achieving true peace that we all want is a very difficult thing, it is absolutely not impossible,” Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung said.
His comments came amid increased border tensions after North Korea recently called South Korea an “enemy” and cut off all cross-border communication lines. In mid-June, North Korea blew up an inter-Korean liaison office opened after a 2018 summit between the two Koreas.
Picture: Doves are released during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, in Cheorwon, South Korea, on 25th June 2020. (CNS photo/Kim Hong-Ji, Reuters).